New safety measures, including metal detectors and possible pat-downs, have been put in place at the U.S. Capitol (opens in new tab) after a mob of pro-Trump supporters stormed the building last week. But not all members of Congress are pleased with the changes. As House representatives entered the chamber yesterday evening to vote on a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to strip Donald Trump (opens in new tab) of his presidential powers via the 25th Amendment (opens in new tab), some Republicans refused to walk through the detectors (opens in new tab).
To this, newly elected representative Cori Bush (opens in new tab), a Democrat, had a suggestion: Find a new job.
Speaking to MSNBC's Chris Hayes, Bush said, "First of all, we're talking about your job. Let's just look at it from the most basic level: If you work at McDonald's, you have to wear the uniform or you're not working today. Wherever you are, you're told, 'This is what you have to do. This is what you have to do. Or you're not working.' Have they ever had a job before?"
She later added, "[To say that this is against your rights?] That's a bunch of bullcrap. Again, that is them trying to push the limits as far as they can. We have Congress members who have said that they want to carry their guns on the House floor. We have Congress members who bring their guns to our office buildings. This is where we should feel safe, but you're bringing your guns to the office building. I don't feel safe around that. Many people don't feel safe with that. And you know what? If they won't abide by the simple things this job calls for, then go find another one."
.@CoriBush to her colleagues in Congress who refused to go through metal detectors:“If they want a bye for the simple things this job calls for, then go find another one.” pic.twitter.com/WyxZRth8vdJanuary 13, 2021
In November, Bush became the first Black woman elected to Congress from Missouri (opens in new tab), beating out Republican contender Anthony Rogers in a landslide victory.
Chelsey Sanchez is the Associate Social Media and News Editor for Harper’s BAZAAR, where she covers politics, social movements, and pop culture. She lives in New York City.
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